Florida can’t finish in loss to Kentucky

by Gary Shelton on October 3, 2021

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Mullen's Gators couldn't pull it out./STEVEN MUNCIE

Sunday, 3 a.m.

At the end, the offense of the Florida Gators couldn't finish the journey. Of courses, that was true for most of the night, as well.

The Gators, ranked 10th in the country, were stopped short of a comeback when Emory Jones' fourth-down pass into the end zone was knocked away, leaving Florida on the wrong end of a 20-13 score against Kentucky.

The Wildcats had not beaten Florida in Lexington since 1986.

The Gators took a 7-0 lead on their first possession, but it was the only time all night that Florida was able to get into the end zone. The Gators had 15 penalties for 114 yards.

'You can’t do that," Florida coach Dan Mullen said. "Just lack of mental toughness."

FSU 33, Syracuse 30: Finally, the FSU Seminoles have won a football game.

Kicker Ryan Fitzgerald kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Seminoles past Syracuse. FSU had entered the game 0-4 for the first time since 1974.

FSU celebrated the return of quarterback Jordan Travis, who threw for 131 yards and ran for 113. Syracuse, which tied the game with a field goal of its own with 5:17 to play, was led by their own quarterback, Garrett Shrader, who threw for 150 yards and ran for 137.

"It's huge for him," said FSU coach Mike Norvell of Travis. "It's been a tough start to the season for Jordan. Just a lot of factors go into it."

Travis had runs of 33 and 25 yards on FSU's winning drive.

SMU 41, USF 17: USF continues to look like a team in over its head.

The Bulls hung with SMU for a while, trailing 27-17, until the undefeated Mustangs ran away with the game. UF's defense wasn't able to slow SMU's fifth-ranked offense.

Freshman Jimmy Horn Jr. had five receptions for 102 yards.

USF has a bye week next week.

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